10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly + taxi:  11​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Amritsar

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Amritsar, India to Kandy is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura road trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, and finally delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee tour planning site .

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 8th (Mon), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kalkudah trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla. When in Dambulla, make a side trip to see Minneriya National Park in Habarana, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Dambulla takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya Museum, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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